With 134 acres of rolling glacial esker, towering maple groves and native grassland prairie, Fenner Nature Center is a beautiful setting for your next gathering.

Fenner Nature Center offers hourly rentals for private events, birthday parties, corporate meetings and retreats, as well as full day rentals for wedding ceremonies and receptions. With three different rental sites to choose from, you can select the venue that fits your vision for your event.


The Susan and Jack Davis Nature Pavilion is a four-season, accessible building situated along our Central Pond Loop, overlooking the prairie. The building features 270 degree views, five sets of french doors, a patio, covered porch and high vaulted ceilings, giving it a natural, open and airy feel. The building is also equipped with plumbed restrooms, central heating and air to a provide comfortable setting for your event year round.

Rate: $100 per hour

The building’s maximum indoor capacity is 100 people. Use of our tables and chairs set up to your specifications, as well as an extra 30 minutes before and after your event for your own setup and takedown, is included in both the hourly rental and the full day rental.


The Maple Grove Pavilion is a covered picnic area in our sugar maple grove, situated along our paved Maple Grove Loop. This pavilion features four picnic tables and optional mosquito netting sides that you can request to have lowered or raised for your rental. The Maple Grove Pavilion is a short walk from the Visitor Center, for restroom access. There is no electricity or restrooms at this site.

Rate: $75 per day

The covered space’s capacity is 30 people. Uncovered space is available adjacent to the pavilion to accommodate larger groups. Use of the space from 8 a.m. to dusk is included in the full day rental.


The Group Campground is an open field located in the northeast corner of the park. The site features a covered pavilion, picnic tables, pit toilet, fire pit and potable water. It also has four cabins used for Fenner Nature Day Camp. While you wouldn’t have access to the inside of the cabins, you are welcome to use their covered porches. The site is accessible from a private entrance off Mount Hope Avenue and a small gravel parking lot. There is no electricity at this site.

Rate: $15 per hour | Scouting Rate: $45 for 24 hours

The field can accommodate upwards of 100 people depending on event. The parking lot can hold approximately 25 cars. An extra 30 minutes before and after your event for your own setup and takedown is included in the hourly rental.


In order to reserve your date, a 50% deposit of the rental fee is required.

In place of a traditional security deposit, you credit card information is put on file in our executive director’s safe. So long as there is no significant damage to the site, we shred your envelope following your event. That way you are not charged a security deposit preemptively and refunded later.

All renters must sign a rental agreement. For a copy of the Davis Nature Pavilion Rental Agreement, click HERE. For a copy of the Grounds and Facilities Rental Agreement, click HERE.

For questions, to book a tour or to reserve a site, please contact our Event Manager at or 517-483-4224.